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VCI students return to Vimy Ridge in 2017


An exciting opportunity is being planned for VankleekHill Collegiate Institute (VCI) students to visit London, Paris, and Vimy Ridge, to take part in the 100 th anniversary commemorations at Vimy Ridge in April 2017. The VCI students met to discuss the trip for the first time in June, 2015. Several students showed interest and now, just a few months later, the trip has reached its quota of 32 students. The students are busy planning several fundraisers for their trip including a poinset- tia sale, hosted by Jade Gardens in Vankleek Hill, and are discussing other ideas to raise money for this trip of a lifetime. “We will be doing a lot of fundraising between now and then,” said Natalie Kouao, teacher in charge of the trip. “We will be bagging groceries, and perhaps a talent show. We are still working out all the details.” The tour will depart on April 5, 2017, and return on April 13. A tour director will meet the group in London where the students

The Interact Club at Vankleek Hill Collegiate Institute is busy making plans for fund raising events, including a book sale, henna art, and a talent show for their 2017 Return to Vimy Ridge trip.

will visit several landmarks and historical monuments such as theThames River, Tra- falgar Square, Piccadilly Circus, Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, and more. The group will continue on to Vimy by trainwhere they will take part in ceremonies and exclusive events to commemorate the 100 th anniversary of the battle of Vimy Ridge. While there, the students will learn about the Vimy trenches, tunnels, and visit amemorial museum. “For many students, this will be a life changing trip,” exclaimed Kouao. “This is an amazing opportunity, and the kids are really enthusiastic.” The students will also visit Paris on their trip where they will discover several historical sites such as the Louvre, Arc de Triomphe, Champs-Élysées, Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral, and the Seine River on a cruise, to name a few. “I am so excited,” said Allison Rowlands, one of the VCI students who will be going on the trip. “I am very much interested in history. Not only do I want to see new places, En tant que maire du canton de Cham- plain, je désire remercier grandement tous les bénévoles qui font de notre collectivité un endroit où il fait bon vivre. Le soir de l’Halloween, nous avons ac- cueilli 2000 visiteurs à l’Ancienne prison de L’Orignal pour les divertir, les effrayer et profiter d’une soirée unique. Cet événement a été organisé par le Patrimoine L’Orignal- Longueuil Heritage et les pompiers volon- taires de L’Orignal. Puis, une semaine plus tard à Vankleek Hill, la tournée des maisons victoriennes, organisée par Louise Sproule et Lisa Hender- son, a reçu un excellent accueil. Des visiteurs

but the educational factor and the history is amazing.” To emphasize the sacrifices made by Canada, which suffered 60,000 fatalities during the First World War, France granted Canada 107 hectares of land at Vimy to build and maintain a memorial. That iconic site is today considered one of the most stir- ring of all First WorldWar monuments, and undoubtedly Canada’s most significant war memorial. April 9, 1917 was a turning point in Cana- dian history, when four Canadian divisions fought together as a fused fighting force for the first time. While more than 3,500 Cana- dian soldiers died during the battle of Vimy Ridge, the extraordinary victory over Ger- man forces is often cited as the beginning of Canada’s evolution from dominion to independence.The Vimy Foundation is wor- king to spread the word to Canadian youth through initiatives like the Vimy Prize and the Vimy Pin so that all Canadians unders- tand the importance of Vimy to the nation’s identity (

The CanadianNational VimyMemorial Monument is amemorial site in France dedicated to thememory of the Canadian Force who were killed during the First WorldWar.The memorial also serves as a place of commemoration for First World War Canadian soldiers killed or presumed dead in France who have no known grave.

Le maire de Champlain remercie les bénévoles

de partout ont assisté à cet événement, si bien que 800 billets ont été vendus. J’ai eu l’occasion dem’entretenir avec de nombreux visiteurs et ils ont été très élogieux à propos de notre communauté et du grand esprit communautaire qui existe dans notre canton. Il est agréable d’entendre leurs com- mentaires positifs. Au nom du conseil et en mon nom, je désire reconnaître votre contribution à notre canton. Bravo pour le beau travail.

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